One of the things every pregnant woman wants to have is a healthy and strong baby. Other than that, it is hoped that he or she can grow into a good and intelligent person during their growth and development. It turns out that all of the things mentioned before can be nurtured ever since the baby is still in the mother’s womb. During pregnancy, everything that the mother takes has a big effect on the fetus’ health, which is why mothers are advised to consume healthier food, including nuts.
Research conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) on 2,200 pairs of mothers and children has proven that the benefits of eating nuts during pregnancy can improve children’s brain neurodevelopment and cognitive abilities. The result was obtained after researchers found out that children whose mothers consumed 30 grams of nuts three times a week during their pregnancy, scores higher on cognitive, attention, and memory testsThis can be happened because folic acid and essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3 in nuts are indeed able improve the memory and focus of the baby.
In addition, magnesium in nuts can also help pregnant women’s bowel movements regularly in order to have better digestions. Experts suggest that in the first trimester, pregnant women consume at least seven servings of nuts per week or two to three times the usual rate, which are very good for fetal brain development. The types of nuts that are recommended for pregnant women to consume are peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts.
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